The northern safari circuit is one of the most popular safari destinations in Africa and included in pretty much every African safari tour in Tanzania. The cornerstones of the northern circuit are Tarangire/Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti The Ngorongoro Crater is perhaps the most impressive part with its incredible landscape and wildlife.
The Ngorongoro Crater and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area are without a doubt some of the most beautiful parts of Tanzania, steeped in history and teeming with wildlife. This protected area is located in the Great Rift Valley and also known as the eighth wonder of the world. The Crater actually is a gigantic fracture of the earth's crust. The magnificent landscape consists of volcanoes, mountains, plains, lakes, forests and archaeological sites. At 1600 meters altitude the bottom of the Crater (265 km square),dotted with watering holes, offers shelter to almost 30.000 animals in an area naturally enclosed by the slopes of the volcano. The Crater elephants are strangely, mainly bulls. There is a small number of black rhino. The bird life is largely seasonal and is also affected by the ratio of soda and fresh water on the Crater floor. You will also explore the wildlife: lions, elephants, zebra, hippo, buffalos, and rhino are just a few to be mentioned.
There are only three lodges right at the rim of the crater overlooking the vast crater floor, offering stunning views. One of them is the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and its probably the most beautiful of them with its great design and comfort.
The lodge is perched on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater. The sumptuous safari suites offer breath-taking views. Inspired in design by the Maasai mud and stick manyatta, or homestead, it is one of the most spectacular lodges in Africa. Three separate and intimate camps totalling just 30 suites are reminiscent of a bygone era. Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted mud and thatch suite is adorned with graceful antiques, grand chandeliers and elegant African treasures. The bedroom, sitting room and ensuite bathroom boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the magnificent Crater below.
Guests can enjoy besides the grant design and views, zebras and elephants roaming in the lodge’s proximity. Not to speak of delicious food and personalized service, creating surprises like a hot bath with rose petals and crater view to welcome you back from a game drive in the crater.
It is an exceptional experience to stay at the Crater Lodge and if in any way possible, include it in your itinerary.